Are cafes open in tier 2 and 3? Coffee shop rules explained

Lockdown 2.0 is out and a new tier system is in, meaning we’ve got another batch of rules to get used to.

With most of the coutry in tiers two or three, there are plenty of people out there wondering about the particular rules around socialisation in public places.

In tier one, you can get table service in a cafe as long as said cafe is Covid secure, but what about the other tiers?

Coffee shop rules in Tiers two and three

In tier two, coffee shops can stay open as long as they can ‘operate as a restaurant’ as well as serve hot drinks.

All hospitality venues need to stop taking orders by 10pm, close at 11pm for the night and not reopen until 5am the next day.

However, deliveries can still be made after 11pm.

When it comes to who you can go to a cafe with, you shouldn’t sit indoors with anyone who’s not in your household.

If you’re sitting outside, you can meet with people you don’t live with who aren’t in your support bubble as long as you keep to the rule of six.

In tier three, hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, and yes, cafes will only be open for takeaway, delivery and click and collect. 

There are some exceptions, with cafes in hospitals, schools, workplaces, higher education accommodation, places that offer the homeless food and drink and care homes allowed to stay open.

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